Sex Makes Life Better, Study Says

Sex Makes Life Better, Study Says

Ever wondered if having sex is a good thing, an act that could actually make you a more productive person and help you perform better at work? Wonder no more, dear reader. A new psychology study claims that screwing at home makes people do better at the office.

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The entirely unsurprising results came after researchers surveyed 159 married couples twice a day for two weeks. A majority of study’s subjects reported a “morning positive effect” at work the next day after a night of banging. There was also a correlation between nightly sex and high job satisfaction, low stress levels and marital satisfaction. This sex stuff sounds like it’s good for you!

“This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at Oregon State University and lead author of the study, said. “Just make time for it.”

Sage advice: Make time for sex. Then again, we’ve known about the correlation between sex and happiness for decades. The first study that linked sex with lower levels of anxiety dates back to 1958, and countless studies since then have showed how sex raises levels of feel-good chemicals dopamine, oxytocin and opioids in the brain. Large-scale studies have also found that sex leads to happier marriages and possibly even a longer life.

All that said, this new study linking an active sex life with better job performance is a classic situation of correlation-not-causation. You could easily assume that people who have more sex are already leading happier lives or, at the very least, enjoying a happier marriage. These social factors are undoubtedly related to job performance, so it’s hard to say definitively whether the study’s subjects did better at work because they had more sex or because they’re simply happier, more productive people for any number of reasons.

Don’t overthink it, though. There’s a university professor in Oregon telling you to make time for sex and expect good things to happen as a result. This is good advice.

[Journal of Management]

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